2015 ASCoN Conference – the 4th P is for People

There were over 280 participants at this year’s ASCoN conference in Kathmandu, a number that is increasing year on year.  The turnout at the conference not only demonstrates the increase in numbers of SCI professionals across Asia, but it also reveals a keen desire to enhance the level of professionalism in this distinctive area of expertise.


The ASCoN conference promotes co-operation and sharing of skills, knowledge and ideas between ASCoN members. It brings together health care professionals, persons living with spinal injury, policy makers and managers from around the globe.  It connects PEOPLE.  Here’s how:

  • It connects those with many years SCI experience with those who are in the early stages of their career.
  • It allows for the development of skills and sharing of knowledge by building the confidence of practitioners through workshops and symposiums.
  • It allows those early in their career, the opportunity to present papers to a broad audience who provide constructive feedback on the content.
  • It allows for research findings to be presented, discussed and critiqued with global colleagues.
  • It elevates the level of professionalism in the growing SCI field across Asia.

I saw it with my own eyes – ASCoN colleagues are eager to share their knowledge and experiences and learn from one another.  Those more mature in their careers are eager to bring on the next generation of SCI professionals.

It’s what makes the annual ASCoN conference so special.

The following are photos of many of the conference participants actively part-taking in the various presentations, workshops and symposiums.

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Thanks to all who gave so freely of their time, knowledge and expertise at the 14th Annual ASCoN Conference, Kathmandu, Nepal.



About Kate Coffey

After 25+ years in the investment management industry, I packed in my job and spent 2014 living and working in Nepal and Bangladesh, and visited some other places in between. It took me on a journey I did not expect, had me fall in love with Nepal and it's people, and become inspired at the work of Spinal Injury Rehabilitation Centre (SIRC) located 2 hours east of Kathmandu in the Sanga foothills. Since 2014, I have continued my warm relationship with SIRC and worked closely with my friends there in the aftermath of the 2015 earthquakes to date. This blog initially started out as a travelogue of sorts to keep friends and family worldwide updated while I was off on my travels in 2014. Since then it has morphed into a life story of the many places I have lived and worked and of the wonderful people I have met along the way. I hope you enjoy.
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